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Chateau de Lamarque History, Overview
Chateau de Lamarque is one of the more picturesque, old castles in the Medoc. The original chateau was built at some point in the 1300s, although parts of the original design could be several centuries older. While today, the property is a vineyard, at the time it was created, due to its location on the riverbank, the estate offered protection to the local citizens from attacks by Vikings, which explains its fortified appearance.
The castle also served as a military fortress during the Hundred Years War. Following the French Revolution, Chateau de Lamarque became a full-time working vineyard and winery. Today, Chateau de Lamarque is owned and managed by Pierre-Gilles Gromand-Brunet d’Evry, whose family has a long history in the Bordeaux region. In fact, they are direct descendants of the de Lamarque family. This makes them the longest, unbroken line of ownership in the world of any wine family!
The estate has a long history as a vineyard as well, as vines were planted there s far back as in the 1400s. It is well worth visiting the property for its castle and history. Chateau de Lamarque is located just north of the appellation of Margaux, next to the Gironde river. It’s quite close to where you catch the ferry that brings you across the river to the Cotes de Bourg.
Chateau de Lamarque Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The Left Bank, 35-hectare vineyard of Chateau de Lamarque is planted to 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. You can divide the vineyard into three main blocks with their best vines situated not far from Chateau Poujeaux in Moulis. The vineyard is located almost where the Margaux appellation stops and the St. Julien appellation starts.
The terroir is gravel, clay, and sandstone soils. The vines are on average, 35 years of age. Chateau de Lamarque uses optical sorting technology during the harvest.
Chateau de Lamarque is aged in traditional cement vats. Interestingly, you would not know they use cement tanks just by looking in the vat room. The design of the cellars places the cement vats directly inside the old wood tanks, hiding them from plain sight. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks.
To add more depth and weight to the wine, the tanks are bled, releasing about 15% of the wine. The wine is then aged in an average of 25% new, French oak barrels for 14 to 16 months before bottling. There is a second wine, D de Lamarque. On average, 20,000 cases of Chateau de Lamarque are produced each year.
The best vintages of Chateau de Lamarque are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
When to Drink Chateau de Lamarque, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau de Lamarque can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau de Lamarque is usually better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age.
Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Lamarque offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-14 years of age after the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau de Lamarque with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau de Lamarque is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau de Lamarque is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.
Chateau de Lamarque is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.
Château de Lamarque Wine Tasting Notes
14 Vintages 36,407 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
Black raspberries, blackberries, espresso, cocoa, cedar, tobacco and herbs open the nose. On the palate, the wine is juicy, fresh, vibrant and fruit-filled, leaving with you loads of sweet, crisp, energetic currants and herbs with staying power. 89-90 Pts
832 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
More body, depth and ripeness than usual, this wine offers freshness and fruit, along with a big, crisp juicy gulp of cassis, tobacco, cedar and earth. Full-bodied, with loads of volume and fruit, this is a perfect example of a Left Bank value wine. 90-92 Pts
1,951 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
Loads of fresh, ripe, juicy berries here. The wine offers a blast of fruit, cigar box, wet earth and peppery goodness. There is plenty or earthy red fruits in every sniff and sip. This has really added a lot since the aging process. 90 Points
1,347 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Earthy, forest floor, tobacco and red fruits in a medium- bodied classic style. 87-89 Pts
1,254 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
Sweet dark fruits are available out of the gate. Medium bodied, soft and forward, the wine delivers an open, fruity finish. 87 Points
1,360 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
With charm, fresh, red fruits, tobacco leaf, cedar and earth, the wine is medium bodied, fruity, forward and delivers a charming example of a Medoc for a fair price. 90 Points
2,257 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
With charm, fresh, dark red fruits, espresso and earthy aromas, the wine also offers lift, along with a fine tobacco and red fruit character in the finish. 90 Points
3,446 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
Earth, tobacco, cedar, smoke and black currants are already available with just a quick swirl. The wine is medium bodied, forward, delivering a soft, sweet, likable, fresh cherry charm that you can enjoy today. 88 Points
1,948 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
With a kiss of oak, earth and tobacco, the wine is medium bodied, forward, and offers a sweet, likable, fresh cherry charm from start to finish. 87 - 89 Pts
2,110 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2016
|2014||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
Forward, upfront and almost crowd pleasing in style, with its dark red fruit, cedar and tobacco character. Give this easy drinking wine a few years to develop more complexity. 88 Points
4,680 Views Tasted Feb 7, 2017
|2013||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
Medium bodied, early drinker, with a fresh, red plum, thyme and espresso personality. 84 Points
1,776 Views Tasted Feb 7, 2016
|2012||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
Easy drinking forward, medium bodied, fresh, earthy, cassis and blackberry dominated wine for current drinking, at a fair price. 88 Points
3,505 Views Tasted Oct 24, 2016
|2010||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
A great example of a Bordeaux value wine that blends tobacco, earth and cassis aromatics with a spicy, cassis and blackberry character. This can be enjoyed, for a more fruity experience, or aged a few more years, if you prefer even more earth and tobacco notes. 88 Points
2,610 Views Tasted Sep 13, 2015
|2009||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
Licorice, thyme, earth, ripe black cherries and espresso notes in the nose. Medium bodied, soft, open and ready for drinking, there is a touch of dryness in the finish. This is a nice example of a well priced, easy drinking Bordeaux value wine. 88 Points
2,366 Views Tasted Nov 19, 2014
|2008||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
Soft, round, easy drinking charmer, with ample, earthy, red fruits, tobacco and cedar chest. Medium bodied, fresh and ready to go, this is a nice value wine. 87 Points
2,806 Views Tasted Oct 18, 2017
|2005||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
Fully developed, with more secondary notes, wet earth, tobacco, olives, herbs, green pepper and cranberry than fruit remaining. Medium-bodied, bright, lean and with piquant red berries in the finish, there is no reason to hold this any longer. 85 Points
1,543 Views Tasted Aug 12, 2020
|2000||Château de Lamarque (Haut-Médoc)|
On the downslope, with more secondary character than fruit, though you can still find ripe red currants on the nose and medium-bodied, firm palate, along with tobacco, cedar, and peppery herbs. 85 Points
616 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2021